Lendlease and Sacramento County Finalise PPA For 160 MW Solar Facility

Rancho Seco Solar II is scheduled to begin construction later in 2019 and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2020.

Rancho Seco Solar II

Lendlease, a leading international property and infrastructure group and the Sacramento County Municipal Utility District (SMUD) have jointly announced the execution of a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for Rancho Seco Solar II, their new 160-megawatt (MW) solar facility.

The plant will be located on the premises of the decommissioned Rancho Seco Nuclear Generation Station site and, upon completion, will be the largest solar facility in Sacramento County, California. The project is Lendlease’s first energy development in California and the fifth project of its type in the country. 

“This is an exciting opportunity to work with one of the largest community-owned municipal power suppliers in the country and to help them achieve their renewable energy goals,” said Craig Carson, General Manager of Lendlease Energy Development. “Lendlease is focused on developing unique and innovative energy projects to meet our customer’s needs.”

Rancho Seco Solar II is scheduled to begin construction later in 2019 and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2020.

“This project supports the strategic direction of the elected SMUD Board of Directors as well as California’s renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission goals,” said Amanda Beck, SMUD Senior Project Manager. “The addition of this clean, carbon-free generation resource will optimise the delivery of locally-generated solar energy.”

Lendlease develops, builds and finances utility-scale solar and storage projects throughout the United States.  The current project pipeline exceeds 2 GW.

“This project demonstrates the substantial opportunity for beneficial reuse of existing infrastructure and serves as a template for redeveloping decommissioned assets,” added Mark Rostafin, Vice President of Lendlease Energy Development. “We are building a portfolio of market-leading renewable power facilities across the country and are especially enthusiastic about executing our first project in California.”

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.